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From the Author

This book is based in large part on our own trials and tribulations (as well as the occasional "Eureka!" moment) that we’ve experienced working with ISA Server 2004. In this book, we are talking to people much like ourselves – experienced Windows network administrators who want to secure their networks and speed up Web access for their users without having to make a full-time vocation of it, learn programming, recompile kernels, or struggle with a brand new command syntax. We’re talking to people who want a security solution that is built to interoperate with their Windows domain controllers and Microsoft servers such as Exchange and SharePoint. We’re talking to experienced ISA 2000 administrators, those who are brand new to the world of firewalls, and those who are migrating from third-party firewall products.

----Tom and Debra Littlejohn Shinder

About the Author

Debra Littlejohn Shinder is a technology consultant, trainer and writer who has authored a number of books on computer operating systems, networking, and client and server security over the last fourteen years. These include Scene of the Cybercrime: Computer Forensics Handbook, published by Syngress, and Computer Networking Essentials, published by Cisco Press. She is co-author, with her husband, Dr. Thomas Shinder, of the best-selling Configuring ISA Server 2000, Configuring ISA Server 2004, and ISA Server and Beyond.

Deb has been a tech editor, developmental editor and contributor on over 20 additional books on networking and security subjects, as well as study guides for Microsoft's MCSE exams, CompTIA's Security+ exam and TruSecure’s ICSA certification. She formerly edited the Element K Inside Windows Server Security journal. She authored a weekly column for TechRepublic’s Windows blog, called Microsoft Insights and a monthly column on Cybercrime, and is a regular contributor to their Security blog, Smart Phones blog and other TR blogs. She is the lead author on Windowsecurity.com and ISAServer.org, and her articles have appeared in print magazines such as Windows IT Pro (formerly Windows & .NET) Magazine. She has authored training material, corporate whitepapers, marketing material, webinars and product documentation for Microsoft Corporation, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, DigitalThink, GFI Software, Sunbelt Software, CNET and other technology companies.

Deb specializes in security issues, cybercrime/computer forensics and Microsoft server products; she has been awarded Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status in Enterprise Security for eight years in a row. A former police officer and police academy instructor, she has taught many courses at Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX and sits on the board of the Criminal Justice Training Center there. She is a fourth generation Texan and lives and works in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Dr. Tom Shinder is a 17 year veteran of the IT industry. Prior to entering IT, Dr. Tom graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine and was a practicing neurologist with special interests in epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Tom began his career in IT as a consultant, and has worked with many large companies, including Fina Oil, Microsoft, IBM, HP, Dell and many others. He started his writing career toward the end of the 1990s and has published over 30 books on Windows, Windows Networking, Windows Security and ISA Server/TMG, UAG and Microsoft DirectAccess. For over a decade, ISA Server and TMG were Tom’s passions, and he ran the popular web site www.isaserver.org, in addition to writing 8 books on ISA/TMG. Tom joined Microsoft in December of 2009 as a member of the UAG DirectAccess team and started the popular “Edge Man” blog that covered UAG DirectAccess. He is currently a Principal Knowledge Engineer in the Server and Cloud Division Information Experience Group Solution’s Team and his primary focus now is private cloud - with special interests in private cloud infrastructure and security.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 2nd edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931836191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931836197
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,383,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. Umbach on February 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
ISA 2004 is Microsoft's latest and greatest entry into the firewall market and make no mistake as that is what it is - a high performance, sophisticated, deep application filtering, enterprise class, but easy to configure firewall with the ability to be a VPN server, produce boatloads of reports and logging, and integrate with Active Directory for user authentication, even if not a domain member, via IAS/radius and also cache web content - whew! It is a very significant upgrade from ISA 2004 and in my opinion much easier to configure. The author and his community groups were very involved in helping Microsoft to develop ISA 2004 with real world user feedback and wants.

From reading the book Tom Shinder is obviously very enthusiastic about ISA 2004. This is not a book with a bunch of copy and pastes from the help files and Microsoft white papers. The authors are very familiar with ISA 2004 and network security and how to implement it in a number of different scenarios. There are many of the author's tricks and traps in configuration that can save you a lot of time setting up your ISA server. Each chapter ends with a summary "Solutions Fast Track" that are multi sentence main points of the chapter content followed by some helpful FAQ. Throughout the book are many references to Microsoft relevant articles and links to the author's website that is a great resource for any version of ISA. The focus of the book is not just on ISA 2004 but also the required network and client configuration to get everything working in harmony.

The book is well organized and you do not have to read the whole book to learn how to implement ISA 2004.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JimmyJoeBob on July 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Dr. Shinder's ISA 2004 book is quite literally *the bible* for ISA Server planning, installation, configuration, management and troubleshooting. Literally no where else is there the amount and variety of steps, tips, tricks and external references available to the reader.

The book begins with a tour of comparative data for nearly every other firewall / proxy on th market at press time - I triple-dog-dare any other book to attempt this; much less get it right.

In simple terms - get this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cismic on July 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've have bought both ISA 2000 and ISA 2004 because I felt that Dr. Tom Shinder's books are a cut above the rest. I participate in ISA newsgroups, isaserver.org and isatools.org. While participating in those groups Thomas always gives advice freely in addition to the topics that the books have covered. Security, Firewalls and technology is dynamic in nature and the updates that Thomas provides for pre-review help keep me on my toes when it comes to ISA Server and firewall security in general. There are many possible types of configurations when utilizing ISA Server firewalls. ISA 2004 provides nice wizards to work with DMZ's, Perimeter, Internal and multiple subnets. But, I feel that you need to start with a fresh installation and not select a network type the first time through so you can see how all the network and access rules work together. Once you understand that use the wizards to your hearts content.

I prefer a back to back network with ISA boxes on both sides of the HONEYPOT DMZ, my internal ISA has 4 NICS. By using the books, visiting the news groups, and active participation with fellow ISA(ers), I've been very successful at working on my networks and clients networks.

Just because you think you know how to ride a bike doesn't mean you should not ask questions when starting down a new path. Or for safety's sake ware a helmet like the President. If you ask questions, buy the books and participate with ISA news groups setting up a tri-homed DMZ with public or private address is a breeze.

My advice is to start active participation with isaserver.org, isatools.org and join the lists.

If you don't have the book: BUY IT! Ok Thomas, (here's my free book plug to you!)

I have to say that my favorite chapter is 12 because I like to see the results of all my learned tweaks and settings! Monitoring, Logging and Reporting tools! Yeah baby!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bud Ratliff on August 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been working with ISA Server for several years now, and Dr. Tom and Deb Shinder provide some of the clearest, most useful, and rich guidance in how to use this product.

Both Tom and Deb are steeped in ISA Server lore, and provide not just step-by-step instructions on how to use the product (though there is plenty of that), but also practical instructions that come from having used the product in many different situations, and from having helped many people from many different industries successfully implement ISA to meet their security needs.

The only suggestion I would make is that Syngress publish a second edition that includes information on ISA Server Enterprise Edition, which wasn't in production at the time this book was released. The ISA Community needs more from this fine pair of writers.

Simply put, if you plan to use ISA Server in your environment, you can't afford NOT to buy this book. As an ISA Server administrator, it's rare that I don't use it when I need to learn something new or refresh my memory on an existing process. I highly recommend this book!
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